Boom (ship)

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Picture of a boom in Kuwait.
An Indian-style boom sailing. Note the shorter prow
Boom; Maritime Museum in Kuwait City commemorating the founding of Kuwait as a sea port for merchants.

A boom (Arabic: بوم‎‎) (French: bhum), known as dhangi in India,[1] is a medium-sized deep-sea dhow, a traditional Arabic sailing vessel.

This type of dhow has two masts with lateen sails, a stern that is tapering in shape and a more symmetrical overall structure than other dhow types. The Arab boom has a very high prow, which is trimmed in the Indian version.[2]


The boom replaced the heavier baghlahs and ghanjahs which were more difficult to maneuver. Booms were mainly built in Beypore, Konkan and Gujarat, India, and Kuwait and are primarily used along the coasts of the Arabian Peninsula, Sindh, the west coast of the Indian Subcontinent, and East Africa.

Nowadays some booms have been converted into motorboats after being fitted with engines instead of sails, especially in the Persian Gulf area. A boom in full sail is represented in the Emblem of Kuwait, emphasizing its traditional importance in the country, where it was used to carry fresh water and in the pearl industry, as well as a trading ship.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ K. N. Chaudhuri, Trade and Civilisation in the Indian Ocean, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0-521-28542-1
  2. ^ Dhow Ship - Types
  3. ^ Kuwait Boom

Further reading[edit]

  • Clifford W. Hawkins, The dhow: an illustrated history of the dhow and its world.

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